Morecambe & Wise In America. Image shows from L to R: Ernie Wise, Eric Morecambe
Morecambe & Wise In America

Morecambe & Wise In America

  • TV documentary
  • Gold
  • 2018 - 2019
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Jonathan Ross presents this three-part documentary series telling the story of how Eric and Ernie attempted to break America. Also features Glenda Jackson, Nicholas Parsons, Millicent Martin, Diana Rigg, Shaparak Khorsandi and more.

Press clippings

Jonathan Ross continues his series on Eric and Ernie's attempts to break into the US market in the early 1960s. It includes members of the Morecambe family seeing some of the duo's Ed Sullivan Show appearances for the first time, while also touching on their early steps into film and colour TV.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 3rd January 2019

The night that Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise made their US debut on the massively influential Ed Sullivan Show with a routine more suited to Blackpool Pier, they went down like the proverbial cup of cold sick. The second time they were on, they were hitting and wrestling one another to the floor. They had learned their lesson. Jonathan Ross presents this fascinating three-part look at how the comedians fared with Stateside audiences between 1963 and 1968.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 27th December 2018

Morecambe & Wise in America review

It's a true Christmas treat, witnessing magical footage of the comedy nonpareils, seen for the first time in the UK. May our hearts bubble over with helpless laughter.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 27th December 2018

Jonathan Ross to present Morecambe & Wise In America

Jonathan Ross will present Morecambe & Wise In America, a new three part documentary series for Gold featuring over an hour of footage never seen in the UK.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd October 2018

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